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Michel Comte

Photographer & Artist

Michel Comte was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied in France and England and started his career in art restoration, specializing in contemporary art. His restoration works include Andy Warhol, Yves Klein and Miro. In 1979, he met Karl Lagerfeld who gave him his first commercial assignment for Chloe and later Chanel. Since his beginnings, he collaborated with Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair and Interview, and connected with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Calvin Klein, BMW, Ferrari, LVMH and many others. Comte divided his time traveling into conflict zones to raise funds for humanitarian projects such as People and Places with No Name. In 2008, Comte met Ayako Yoshida. He dedicated more time into art and personal projects. Together they produced their first 3D feature film “The Girl From Nagasaki”. Comte opened Neoclassic exhibition at the National Gallery in Parma in Fall 2016. Neoclassic is Comte’s take on rise and fall of neoclassicism. He completed four solo exhibitions from Light series. First at Musemo Maxxi in Rome and La Triennale in Milan, Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing, Dirimart in Istanbul and Grieder Contemporary in Zurich. Comte explores the impact of environmental decline on the glaciers and glacial landscapes of the world. Light is a study of natural landscapes through large-scale sculptures, photography, video installations and projections.